Thursday, June 4, 2009

Guilty Plea In Incident That Led To KPD Shooting

A man who ran from Killeen Police plead guilty to Evading Arrest. The incident precipitated a chain of events that led to a Killeen Police officer shooting the driver of a car that was dragging the officer.
Judge Joe Carroll of the 27th District Court ordered a pre-sentencing investigation for Averweone Darneel Holman, 18. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 2.

Holman was involved in a fight across the street from Spurs Club in the 600 block of West Elms Road about 2 a.m. March 21, according to Herald reports.

Holman ran back to Spurs when Officer James Plank, who was on patrol in the area, stepped from his car to break up the fight.

Plank yelled for Holman to stop as he pursued him back toward the Spurs parking lot, according to the arrest affidavit.

Plank grabbed the lower part of Holman's body as he jumped into the passenger side window of a Chevy Trailblazer driven by Pfc. Jarvis Galloway, 20, according to information released by the Killeen Police Department.

The officer, trapped against the Chevy, fired at Galloway to stop from being dragged.

Passengers attempted to pull Holman inside the vehicle as Galloway accelerated, according to the affidavit. Plank's arm was trapped against the SUV by Holman's body.

Plank yelled for the driver to stop, but the driver accelerated, according to the affidavit. Once Plank freed his arm, he shot Galloway and was thrown from the vehicle. Source: Killeen Daily Herald

This tragedy could have been avoided had Holman made a more responsible decision that night.

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